Friday, July 10, 2009

college faculty

the teachers who teach teachers

The following people are the dedicated instructors who have been eagerly, patiently, and expertly sharing their knowledge and insights with the students at Steiner College here in lovely Fair Oaks, CA. Their bios are from the Steiner College website, and are full-time faculty. Adjunct faculty are listed below. All are wonderful teachers who really care about their work and their students. A big thank you to all of them!

Patrick Wakeford-Evans
Academic Dean, Program Director
Rick: Patrick can illustrate the complex concepts of anthroposophy with clear words, humor, and a lively spirit.
After 17 years as a class teacher, Patrick joined Rudolf Steiner College as an adult educator in 1999. He has given lectures and mentored teachers in Mexico, Japan, England, and the United States. He has worked as a musician, actor, and playwright. His special interest is in science education and inner development. He has developed new programs at Rudolf Steiner College and is currently the Academic Dean.

Astrid Schmitt-Stegman, MA
Teacher Education
Rick: Astrid's love of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education is evident in her passionate lectures.
Astrid taught for many years in Waldorf schools in the United States and Germany. She served as a mentor for new teachers and began training teachers in the 1980s. In addition to heading the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College, she has taught in teacher training centers, lectured, and mentored Waldorf schools in the United States, Germany, Russia, Thailand and the Philippines. She is currently assisting Dr. Michaela Glöckler, Head of the Medical Section of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, with international support for the worldwide Waldorf movement. Astrid also teaches in Rudolf Steiner College programs, particularly in the summer and in our Community Learning Centers.

Theodore Mahle, MFA
Arts Faculty
Rick: Ted deftly combines being an artist and an instructor - not an easy task!
Ted has been teaching drawing, painting and art history in various Rudolf Steiner College programs for many years. He received a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. For seven years he worked as a graphic designer in New York City, and took evening art courses at the School of Visual Arts. After taking the Foundation Year in Anthroposophical Studies at Emerson College, England, he completed a three year painting training, according to Rudolf Steiner's methods, from Beppe Assenza at the Goetheanum Painting School, Dornach, Switzerland, in 1976 (ERES MFA Equivalent). He was a teaching assistant in the school from 1975 to 1978. Then he was employed as a painting therapist at Sonnhalde Schulheim Curative Home, Gempen, Switzerland. Returning to the U.S. he directed the Arts Program, a year-long morning course in drawing and painting at Rudolf Steiner College from 1982 to 2003. He taught art in the Davis Waldorf School from 2003 to 2005 and continues teaching at the Steiner College and around the country.

Eva Cranstoun
Music Instructor
Rick: Eva has an angelic voice, making a simple voice exercise a spiritual experience.
A native of Vienna, Austria, Eva has been singing since her youngest years. She has trained both with the Werbeck and the classical methods of singing, and has been a performer, vocal coach, and singing therapist. Private music and vocal studies in Vienna, Austria. Waldorf Teacher training (grades) diploma at RSC, 1998. Uncovering the Voice Vocal training with Christiaan Boele; Singing therapy diploma 2008. Music director at Stonebridge School (Waldorf Methods Charter) in Napa since 2004. Private vocal coach since 1999, performer.

Lauren Hickman
Head of the Early Childhood Program
Rick: Lauren showed us handwork crafts and told us a story with puppets - I felt like a little kid again!
A graduate of the University of California at Davis, Lauren has worked as a kindergarten teacher and has directed Pre-K and Tots and Parent programs. A Waldorf graduate herself, Lauren comes from a pioneering family in Waldorf Education and is knowledgeable about all facets of early childhood education.

Ina Jaehnig

Summer Teacher Education
Rick: Ina has been tremedously helpful in teaching the delivery of fairy tales, fables, and the legend of the saints.
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Ina is a co-founder and long time teacher of the Denver Waldorf School, bringing decades of experience to her teaching in both elementary grades and high school. She earned her teaching Diploma from the Stuttgart. Academy of Arts. Her training in Waldorf teaching is from the Munich Waldorf School. In addition to serving as a core faculty member in the Summer Teacher Education Program at Rudolf Steiner College for many years, she has also been a guest teacher at the Teacher Training Program in Eugene, Oregon.

Adjuct Faculty:
Gerda Kramer (Handwork Around the World), Ruth Bucklin (Eurythmy), Antje Staub (Art of Main Lesson), Patricia Dickson (Clay Modeling), Laura Embrey-Stine (Form Drawing Grades 1-3), Brian Gray (Parzival), Bodo Langden (Wood Carving), Rosemary Glover (Biography)

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